Fake Asperger's Syndrome
This article is about stupid causes. I was sort of questioning their inclusion of PETA campaigning against boiling lobsters alive, since being boiled alive is a pretty inhumane death and even very primitive lifeforms are capable of pain (it's rather basic to survival). But I was willing to shrug it off, because I don't think my cat is bad for torturing mice to death. (I believe killing other species is fine as long as you have a good reason to do so and they're not endangered.)
But at the very end, they listed the Asperger's Pride Movement. Citing Aspergia.com, they commented that:
"Asperger's is a real disorder for some, but has turned into a kind of "get out of self-improvement free" card for legions of socially awkward Pokemon fans. This latter group doesn't care about your "medical credentials," "basic common sense" or even "knowing people who actually do have Aspergers." This syndrome they read about on Wikipedia once is their winning lottery ticket to a life of never having to learn how to interact with other humans. Welcome to the Aspergian Pride movement."
There were several comments by offended aspies, of course. But several comments were along the lines of 'well, this is true for jerks who self-diagnose with Asperger Syndrome in order to get away with being jerks, but not for people who really, truly have Asperger Syndrome.' For example:
"The article may be a bit confusing on the matter, but it's only taking a horribly offensive crack at the people who DO NOT in fact have it, but pretend they do in order to get away with being a dick."
There has not been any studies on how accurate self-diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders actually is. I know there are people, like myself, who self-diagnosed and then later got an official diagnosis. There are undoubtedly also people who self-diagnose as autistic but are probably not actually autistic - most of whom probably have some other condition instead.
But people who use self-diagnosed AS as an excuse to be a jerk on the internet? This I have not seen.
And not from willful blindness. On several occasions, I have asked people to show me a person who was trolling and used Asperger Syndrome or autism as an excuse. The only example anyone could point to was Christian Wesler Chandler, who has an official diagnosis. Another person mentioned a person long ago on some forum they frequented, too long ago to find the posts now.
Yet, to hear people talk, these people are so common and so vocal that they're making all the 'real' autistics look bad. Which only makes me ask: where are they? If they're so common, how come I've never seen someone like this on any forum I frequent? How come no one can show me posts made by such a person?
Could it be that they're simply a stereotype? Possibly invoked to discredit autistic self-advocates?